Less is More Challenge Entry #2 One Layer

Well, what a weekend this has been!  Two days of garage sale, a fun night spent with friends, a Sunday Morning of worship, and then an afternoon spent helping my sister because she had a migraine and had a long list of stuff that had to get done for a big week at work.  Needless to say all that did not leave a lot of time for me to stamp or blog.  I missed my goal of posting everyday in September but I also learned that I need to make sure I have enough time for God and my family and posting yesterday would have gotten in the way of both of those.  So I am going to continue to post daily except on the weekends and then work to post at least one day on the weekends.

I did go downstairs last night about 9 pm and make my entry card for this weeks challenge on the Less is More blog but I did not stay up to type my post.  I am trying to get that done in between everything else that I am doing today, so I apologize for how late this is today.   I almost feel like an artist after making this card because I had a picture form in my head of what I wanted this card to look like once I saw what the challenge for the week was and it really does look like what I pictured in my head.  I always wanted to be artistic.  My Grandmother did beautiful china painting, my Aunt could draw and paint and make beautiful stuff out of nothing, and my mom can sew and make beautiful clothes so I have a family full of artists and I always wanted to be artistic and never was but now I am beginning to think I just needed to find my art form.

I had just seen how to create a moon effect using masking and sponging ink and wanted to try it.  I saw this technique using yellows and oranges for a Halloween card.  I wanted to do a Christmas/winter scene so I used blues.  I started by taking sticky notes and punching several sheets with my 1 3/4″ circle punch to get the circle for my moon.  I then placed my moon and tree and then used scrap paper and removable adhesive to tape off the white part of the card.  I used my lightest blue Marina Mist and sponged color onto my Whisper White card base working out from the center of my moon.  Next with Midnight Muse, I worked from the outside of my space towards my moon.  I finished off the space with some Night of Navy to blend for the finished look.  I can say it was very easy and I only did two cards last night to get a look I was happy with.  I used the stamping sponge which comes in a large circle cut into wedges.  I got 4 wedges out of half the sponge.  After I finished with the blue, I removed my circle and stamped my tree image.  I used the pine tree from the Lovely As a Tree stamp set and my Stampin’ Write markers in Early Espresso and Garden Green for the two toned stamped image.  (I am going to be doing some videos to show how I do some of these techniques.  I just have to have time when my sister is available to help me learn how to set up and use her camera.  I would love to know what you would like to see demonstrated.).  I cleaned my stamp and then strategically re-inked the stamp with versa mark ink so that I could add the white embossing on the tree.   Once I was all done embossing I added some Summer Starfruit ink to the moon and then wiped the excess off the tree with a paper towel.  Once I was all finished I removed the masking over the white space and stamped my greeting in Midnight Muse.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Lovely As a Tree Wood #115026 — Clear #127793 and Four the Holidays (retired)

Ink: Midnight Muse Classic Stampin’ Pad #126860, Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Pad #119668, Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad #126970, Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin’ Pad #126991, Versa Mark Ink Pad #102283, Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker #119680, Garden Green Stampin’ Write Markers #119701 (this number is for the Regals pack of 10 markers)

Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730

Tools/Accessories: 1 3/4″ Circle Punch #119850, Heat Tool #129053, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder #109132, Stamping Sponges #101610, removable adhesive

I hope you enjoyed seeing  this one layer Christmas Card.  See you again tomorrow.

Jenny

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Less is More Brown and Pink Challenge Entry

Sorry this post is so late in being posted.  I had the card made and was going to write the post last night once the kids were in bed but as I was working in the kitchen getting ready to make some Strawberry Shortcake and I ended up running the middle of my forehead into the corner of a cupboard door.  I can actually say I think I really saw stars.  According to my husband, I even bent the hinges on the cupboard door.  I am not sure I believe him he is prone to exaggeration but needless to say I hit the door with a lot of force. So last night instead of writing this post I spent a couple of  hours at urgent care getting some very fancy pictures of the inside of my head.  The verdict is just a concussion but some very strong warnings from the Doctor to take it easy today, so I am at home writing this while my Mom is taking the kids to school.  If it gets really pretty with lots of different colors I may post pictures right now it is really just a crease in the middle of my head.  OK now onto the important stuff today’s card.

I am doing a first for me.  I am entering a challenge on a website.  “Less is More” is a challenge blog site and they have a challenge every week.  I am entering their Brown and Pink Week 83 Colour Challenge (this site is out of England so they use the British spelling of color it is not just that we can’t spell).  I am nervous and excited to enter.  Their minimal style is different from my normal style but I thought it would be good for me to expand outside my comfort zone and I am competitive enough that the idea of a challenge appeals to me as well.  I am also hoping to get some feedback on my design and card.  I enjoy designing but I want to expand my talents and get better and the only way to do that is to hear others opinions about your work.

I choose to make a card for a baby gift.  The colors pink and brown remind me of the cute outfits my daughter would wear as a baby.  I used Pink Pirouette as the card base.  Soft Suede cut into half a top not using my Big Shot and the Top Note die.  I then used the “for baby” stamp from the Easy Events Stamp Set stamped in Soft Suede on Whisper White.  I colored in the outline stamp using my Stampin’ Write Markers.  I love my markers.  If I had to choose between an ink pad and a marker I would choose a marker.  The markers are so versatile.  The umbrella and hat on the duck again repeat the pink and brown theme.  I finished the card with a simple Whisper White satin ribbon.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Easy Events Wood #116958 — Clear #123225 (This is my Stamp of the Month Club Stamp Set for September.)

Ink: Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad #126978, Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker #119703 (this number is for the Neutrals pack of 8 markers), So Saffron Stampin’ Write Markers #119700 (this number is for the Subtles pack of 10 markers), Pink Pirouette Stampin Write Markers #119700 (this number is for the Subtles pack of 10 markers), Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Markers #119679, Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Markers #105115

Card Stock:  Pink Pirouette #111351,Soft Suede #115318, Whisper White #100730

Tools/Accessories: Top Note Bigz Die#115463, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Stampin Dimensionals #104430, Anywhere Glue stick #104045, 5/8″ Organza Ribbon Whisper White # 114319 (I used 5/8″ Satin Ribbon in Whisper White which is now retired but the Organza Ribbon would give you the same look.), Corner Rounder Punch #119871

I hope you enjoyed seeing  this Pink and Brown Baby Card and my first Less is More Challenge Entry.  See you again tomorrow.

Jenny

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While the kids are heading back to school, Stampin’ Up! is going back to ‘spool’! For the month of September, get a FREE package of 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon-an $8.95 value-for every $40 you spend!  If you can’t choose you can get all 5 with a $200 purchase.

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